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Subject: 	A Special Offer on Michael A. Lebowitz's 'The Contradictions 
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Date: 	Thu, 17 Jan 2013 17:50:05 +0000
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Lebowitz examines the record of “real socialism”—the post-revolutionary 
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In /Socialism & Democracy/, Victor Wallis writes:

    The issue of “Real Socialism” has plagued the global Left since
    1917. Michael Lebowitz brings to bear on it a sharp focus, informed
    not only by a thorough reading of Marx, but also by many years of
    activism, leavened by the extensive contacts he has gained with
    Cuban and Venezuelan protagonists during his recent years of
    residence in their respective countries.

    The main empirical reference in his present book is to the Soviet
    experience, in particular, to its last three decades (the 1950s to
    the 1980s), by which time the regime’s structures and institutions
    were firmly in place. While the general stance of recognizing the
    contradictions of this period has a long lineage, Lebowitz’s
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In /Links: International Journal of Socialist Renewal/, Doug Enaa Greene 
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    In his book, The Contradictions of Real Socialism, Michael Lebowitz
    offers a rigorous Marxist explanation of what went wrong in the USSR
    (and its allied countries). To Lebowitz (following Marx in this
    regard), a socialist society is one “that removes all obstacles to
    the full development of human beings” (p. 17). The countries of real
    socialism by contrast were caught in a tension between enterprise
    managers and planners and the vanguard which did not place human
    development first, thus ensuring its ultimate failure. Lebowitz’s
    approach is sweeping, thorough and fresh even while his work does
    raise several questions and problems.

And in /Organizing Upgrade/, David Cohen writes:

    In /The Contradictions of Real Socialism/, Lebowitz continues the
    development of his vision of socialism by analyzing what happened in
    the Soviet Union and other European Socialist states during the
    period that they defined as “Real Existing Socialism,” which is
    basically the period from the demise of Stalin to the collapse in
    the 1990’s.

    Here he applies his understanding of Marx’s theories of socialism to
    a real historical period. For me, the point in reading a book like
    this is to not only gather some understanding of socialist theory
    but to learn how “Real Existing Socialism” worked and what its
    achievements and its failures were. Is there anything in this
    analysis that can help us to understand our present situation in the
    U.S.? What is our vision of socialism, and what are we doing to
    realize it?

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Michael A. Lebowitz
Professor Emeritus
Economics Department
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, B.C., Canada V5A 1S6
Home:   Phone 604-689-9510
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Michael A. Lebowitz
Professor Emeritus
Economics Department
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, B.C., Canada V5A 1S6
Home:   Phone 604-689-9510
Cell: 778-230-6137







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